Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence

When you need to be away from work for an extended period for three or more missed shifts) to care for yourself or a family member for a serious health condition, you may be eligible for Seattle University’s leave of absence program. Seattle University is proud to offer leave of absence benefits that support the well-being of you and your family. This Leave of Absence website will provide details around leave time and other benefits that you may be eligible for. 

There are three key things to consider when you take a leave of absence (LOA):  

  1. Income replacement – will you qualify for pay when you are on a leave? 
  2. Job protection – will you have a job when you return from a leave of absence?   
  3. Continuation of healthcare and other benefits – how long will your healthcare insurance continue while on leave? 

There are federal, state, and local laws and Seattle University’s policies that apply to leaves of absence. The length of an approved leave and the types of protection provided depend on the reason for your leave, medical certification, your length of employment at Seattle U, and the number of worked hours. 

Human Resources will evaluate and inform you of your leave eligibility status upon processing your Leave of Absence Form. Please send all leave-related forms, correspondence, and questions to Human Resources- email HRleaves@seattleu.edu or fax to (206) 296-2100. 

Types of Leave

Medical Leave

Medical leave provides time away for your own serious health condition. If you meet eligibility criteria, you can take up to 12 weeks with 100% paid leave. 

Family Leave

Family leave provides time away to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

  • FMLA eligible family members: spouse, child(ren), parent
  • WA PFML eligible family members: spouse, child(ren), parent, domestic partner, grandchild, grandparent, in-law, sibling
Bonding Leave

Bonding leave provides time away to bond with a new child from birth, placement for adoption or foster care. 

Apply for Leave

You will need to contact Human Resources to file a leave of absence. Whenever possible, please provide 30 - 90 days notice for any planned leave of absences (ex: surgery, bonding). If you are unable to complete the form, you may ask your manager to complete it on your behalf. The application process includes completing a Leave Request Form and having a healthcare provider certify the need for leave. 

Other Considerations
  • Duration of leave is certified by a healthcare provider. 
  • FMLA and WA PFML may run concurrently. 
  • Leave time can be taken concurrently or intermittently. 
  • Reserve sick time will be deducted commensurate with leave time (staff only). 
  • Contact Human Resources at HRleaves@seattleu.edu for your eligibility and to apply for leave.

Leave Laws

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

To be eligible for leave benefits under federal law, you will need to work:

  • One (1) year with SU
  • 1250 hours with SU

If eligible, you may receive up to 12 weeks of protected, unpaid leave for medical, family or bonding leave. 

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)

To be eligible for leave benefits under Washington State law, you will need to work:

  • 340 hours with SU for pay benefits;
  • 965 hours with SU for job protection

If eligible, you may receive up to 12 weeks of 100% paid leave for medical, family or bonding leave. Birth mothers may receive a combination of medical and bonding leave for a total of 16-18 weeks of leave. 

The University administers an approved voluntary plan (50A.04 RCW) and all employees will receive at least the minimum benefit required by law. You do not need to apply with WA Employment Security Department to receive pay benefits while on leave.